The President’s Inbox podcast examines the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each week, CFR’s James M. Lindsay sits down with experts to discuss pressing topics like trade, immigration, China, climate change, and much, much more.
Beijing’s Grand Strategy, With Matt Pottinger
Matt Pottinger, senior advisor at the Marathon Initiative and chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss China’s ambitions and what they mean for the United States.
Articles Mentioned in the Podcast
Michael Beckley and Hal Brands, “The End of China’s Rise,” Foreign Affairs, October 1, 2021.
Bilahari Kausikan, “In U.S.-China Standoff, Is America a Reliable Ally?,” Foreign Policy, October 18, 2021.
Matt Pottinger, “Beijing’s American Hustle,” Foreign Affairs 100, no. 5 (September/October 2021).
Liza Tobin, “Xi’s Vision for Transforming Global Governance: A Strategic Challenge for Washington and Its Allies,” Texas National Security Review 2, no. 1 (November 2018).
Books Mentioned in the Podcast
Dan Blumenthal, The China Nightmare: The Grand Ambitions of a Decaying State, (AEI Press, 2020).
Rush Doshi, The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order (Brookings Institution Press, 2021).
The Pandora Papers, With Miles Kahler
Miles Kahler, senior fellow for global governance at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the recent Pandora Papers leak, and the broader problem of global corruption.
India’s Foreign Policy Ambitions, With Manjari Chatterjee Miller
Manjari Chatterjee Miller, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at CFR, speaks with James M. Lindsay about what India sees as its interests, threats, and opportunities in the world.
Germany’s Elections, With Constanze Stelzenmüller
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Fritz Stern chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic relations in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what the end of the Angela Merkel era means for Germany and its relations with the world.
Trade Protectionism, With Adam S. Posen
Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the United States has become less open to trade in recent decades and why calls for even more protectionism will further undermine the American middle class.
Rethinking U.S. Defense Strategy, With Elbridge A. Colby
Elbridge A. Colby, cofounder and principal of the Marathon Initiative, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss whether and how the United States should revise its defense strategy to face its current challenges. Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, hits bookstore shelves today.